Tough Kendi

posted on: 2/08/2013

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While we were snapping photos, my husband made the remark that this was my "tough Kendi" outfit. If I over-analyze and think about this too long like I typically do with things he says, I'm not sure how to take this. For one, my jacket is pleather. My dress is the softest sweatshirt material. My scarf has cute caricature drawings of cities. The gold chains on my purse? Plastic. 

So really, if you think about it, this outfit isn't tough at all. And I'm a softie. I mean this is as tough as I get -- ohhhh. I see what he meant now. Over-anlyzation complete. 
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Dress: Madewell
Jacket: Similar @ Target
Scarf: Similar
Booties: Madewell
Purse: Similar
(PS: my bracelet was a gift from the mister)

104 comments:

  1. Love the outfit and I totally agree with your husband. Just by looking at the outfit you would never know the dress is super soft and the jacket it pleather. It totally looks tough because of the boots. Great outfit.

    Agi:)

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  2. you look gorgeous! i adore this outfit
    kw http://www.ladiesinnavy.com

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  3. love your outfit!
    you make "tough" look good :)

    xo - heather
    This Life Is Yours Blog

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  4. Great outfit!  And totally agree with your hubs.. if this is as tough as you get, I think that's a compliment :)  Love the dress and booties together!

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  5. Loving the striped socks with this look. I may need to attempt something similar the next time I pull out my booties.

    Lookin tough lady!

    xoxo Jessica

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  6. I can definitely see a "tough kendi" here -- love it! xo

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  7. lovely dress! 

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  8. I love the striped socks peeking out of the booties.

    bisousSuzannehttp://bisous.typepad.com/bisous/

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  9. Tough Kendi works! I have that problem a lot too. In college, we had a "goth night" at a local bar where you could get in for free for dressing all in black or "goth-like." So one night, I showed up at the bar with friends wearing all the black clothes I had...and the bouncer said I looked like a teacher. Buzz kill...but at least I got in for free! I still get told that all the time, too...but now I actually AM a teacher, so it doesn't feel too bad.

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  10. I love that you toughened up this dress with this jacket and booties. You look so gorgeous!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  11. Any chance you'd do a post on how you curl your hair and how you do your makeup?? You always look so perfectly put together and now that I know your hair is naturally straight (from an earlier post) and that you curl it to look as it does here, I'd love some tips! I can never get curls like this- they are either too tight or too loose. You're gorgeous! (and tough!) ;)

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  12. I have that jacket too, and I love it! I really wish I could find that purse! Love it.

    -Kelly

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  13. you look so pretty! I love the little details like your socks and scarf.
    tr[i]b[e]cca

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  14. haha! You & your cute...err I mean "tough" socks! I love this look! 

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  15. ha ha you have such wit! 

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  16. Must be cold, I see goose bumps on your legs :)

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  17. This outfit is adorable! Kinda rockerish tough. And the socks top it off!

    Style in the City

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  18. Oh I would love a sweatshirt material dress! It sounds (and looks) amazing!

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  19. Love the whole look!!

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  20. Beautiful boots and scarf! I like your style very much :) 

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  21. Love your dress and I have the same booties...i've been living in them!

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  22. Love the style of the post!
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  23. This is one of my favorite looks of yours yet! I love the skirt and the booties and jacket add the perfect tough vibe. The detail of the socks peeking out is awesome too!!
    -Erin-OneTwoSummer

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  24. love that dress, it's so adorable.

    xo
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  25. Sarah Jeane StoddardFebruary 8, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    Egh. You've created an awesome blog and brand, which is hard to do. You are a toughie.
    Love the outfit!

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  26. I love the how the booties and jacket go so well together!

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  27. Love the edgyness in this outfit!

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  28. Oh I absolutely love this outfit. That dress looks so perfect and comfy.

    I over analyze everything too...I love your rationalization.

    Shannon
    bigdreamsandexpensivetaste.blogspot.com

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  29. i love that we have the same dress and shoes! :)

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  30. You nailed it, Kendi! I love this outfit.

    Care to share where you got your socks?

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  31. Anca Madalina BaboiFebruary 8, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Love outfit! I love the scarf!

    Mamalina

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  32. Closet FashionistaFebruary 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Ooh! I love this!! That dress is great, and you are rocking that leather jacket! :D
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  33. Maybe not a tough outfit - but perhaps a little more edgy than your usual feminine looks. Looks great!
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  34. Haha you are looking great in this outfit. Tough or not! I love the pop of red with the scarf.
    Carlee
    Almost Endearing
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  35. Haha. You are SO tough!You totally inspire me to jazz up my sock collection. You have the cutest socks!

    Blessings!
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  36. *love* the booties!
    crewcuts made a very similar sweatshirt fleece dress for wee-ones that my 5yo wears as part of her uniform!  maybe I should get this madewell one so that she and i can be twinsies, like those old-school JCPenny catalogs with the mother-daughter matching Easter ensembles :D

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  37. I just tried this dress on, loveddddd it!

    Carly
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  38. that scarf MAKES the outfit. fab!

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  39. This is exactly like me - I'm not an edgy dresser, but every once in a while I like to throw on pieces that are a little more tough/less classic.  You've struck the perfect balance with this one and I love the idea of striped socks peeking out from under the ankle boots! :)

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  40. I think it's that you are wearing a lot of black leather/pleather and the grey is not overly femme.  I LOVE the look... this one is just a bit edgier than what you usually wear methinks. I wore red, blue and yellow and my husband said I looked like a beach ball!! how's that for commentary?! 

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  41. Having major bare-leg envy seeing these lovely photos! Especially since we're getting blizzard-ed in here in NH!!

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  42. I love tough Kendi! Too funny - I also wrote about my only "edgy" outfit today. It consists of black leather boots, a black leather purse and...a dress covered in bows. So I totally get the "as tough as I get" feeling!

    Natalie
    Name's Not Ashley

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  43. I love hoe the only color in this outfit is the scarf. Sometimes you just need to be tough!
    ~Jessica

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  44. I think the scarf totally makes the outfit "softer" and chic! Love this completely. 

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  45. I love the socks!!! Super cute outfit!

    -Stephanie@LaminLouboutins.blogspot.com

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  46. nice look. i like your socks!!

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  47. Love the way you tied that scarf! You two are such an adorable couple - isn't it time again for the hubby to appear on the blog?? :)

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  48. I love how the socks peep out and seem to complete the look! :)

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  49. Major boot envy going on over here Kendi!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  50. I <3 that sweatshirt-soft Madewell dress. Your love for Madewell strikes my wallet again! Going to look for it now. :)

    xoSee Mo Go.

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  51. oh shit.  if i met you in a dark alley (hell, a well-lit alley), i'd grab my mace fo sho.  tough, indeed.  (but cute...real cute.)

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  52. You and your pop of sock lately- I love it!

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  53. Either way it's still a super cute outfit!

    The Purse Snatcher 

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  54. I love the feminine scarf and dress with the hard edge of all your leather pieces. You're so great at creating a contrast in each outfit- I love it!

    The Livable Art

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  55. Oh I love this, so chic but edgy! I am dying to get my hands on one of those Madewell dresses, I hear they are so soft and they seem to go with everything! Adorable!
    xx, Emily
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  56. loving your mix or pretty/girly and tough.. you rock it girl! xo
    Meg
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  57. I love this and all your outfits! Did I miss the announcement of who won the Sole Society giveaway?

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  58. i love this tough kendi outfit! love all the pieces and how you put them together :)

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  59. Definitely in need of a leather type jacket.. looks so cute with a dress!

    Also - Did I miss the Shoemint winners..? I feel like I've been waiting in suspense!

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  60. Please tell me these photos weren't taken in NYC, with bare legs!?!?!? Color me impressed if they were! (I'm a Canadian living in NYC, and still find it freezing)

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  61. You are one tough softie :)

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  62. tough or not, it's super cute.  love the little socks peeking out of your booties.

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  63. You are looking so tough. I feel my toughest when I'm wearing studs on shirt. lol.

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  64. I love Tough Kendi! 

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  65. Hahaha, husbands say the darndest things :)

    xo
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  66. Sorry....I meant ShoeMint not
    Sole Society. :0)

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  67. I had such a pleasure meeting you last night in NYC at the GAP store! Thanks for visiting!
    xoxo,
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  68. Oh, the scarf is pretty.  Love the pop of color.
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  69. This is such a cute look! (: love the dress!!!

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  70. Love the casual dress + (p)leather jacket!

    Christine In Color 

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  71. Your man has good taste in jewellery!

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  72. I love the striped socks! Such an adorable little detail!
    Kristina from Daydream Delightful

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  73. Love the dress with the pop of red in the scarf, so chic!

    Nora
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  74. so cute!  I like this "tough" outfit- hop eyou are having fun in NYC!! 

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  75. Loving this!  I know what you mean -- I recently gifted myself a pleather moto jacket and studded purse. It feels so edgy and a nice contrast to my usual choices. A nice balance. And people have noticed!

    Carmen
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  76. Love this! Very unique and pretty

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  77. Hi Kendi! Love the boots and socks :) they're darling together… also, can I just say that I adore that even though you're a HUGELY popular blogger, I adore the fact that you still wear things from Target and places where us "normal" bloggers shop too :) I can't tell you how frustrating it is when I see bloggers dressed in head to toe designer brands. How is that relatable? Anyway, I just love you. Have an awesome weekend!


    xo, elle from Living
    in Color.

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  78. I love your "tough" look!

    -Haley-
    haleyvalerie.blogspot.com

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  79. Very darling outfit! Love the scarf :)

    Lubna WWW.ELLEVOX.BLOGSPOT.COM

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  80. Such a lovely outfit! I really like the boots and scarf with the grey dress :)

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  81. Such a lovely look. I adore that dress. Oh Madewell, stealing my heart once again :)

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  82. I think it is HILARIOUS what guys have to say about "fashion" - my boyfriend says the most odd-ball things, and it makes me laugh to think about where he is coming from! I love your outfit, but I'm not sure a tough girl wears striped socks, and I love it!
    xx


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  83. Aurélie as mounetteFebruary 11, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    nice look, I like your dress,
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  84. Catherine Lea AndersonFebruary 11, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Those booties with the little black stripe socks are to DIE for! LOVE!

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
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  85. That red scarf is such a good color on you! 

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  86. That dress is awesome! Love the whole look--it's definitely tough :)

    <3 Josephine
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  87. love the leather! 

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  88. Hi Kendi, I love your blog and your outfits - thank you so much for your inspiration. It would be so nice, if you could give some instructions for tying scarfs. I always fail to tie my scarfs :-)

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  89. You look stunning Kendi! I love that scarf, it brings so much color to your pretty face.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

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  90. The socks are my favorite part! :) <3 Sarah
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  91. Aaaaa loving those booties!!! And the socks! So perfect!!

    xo,Alyssawww.runwaychef.com

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  92. LOVE Madewell scarves!

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  93. tough kendi! ha, love it! i'm on the hunt for pleather jacket lately as well. your's is great! :) 

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  94. Oh how I love this outfit, it is simply beautiful :).

    Rachael xx.
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  95. Great leather coat.

    xoxo
    Mags
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